Michael Brouder

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Ball State

M.A., Telecommunication: Digital Storytelling, 2016

Current Position

President and General Manager, WTHR-TV (NBC) Indianapolis.


Michael Brouder is President and General Manager of WTHR-TV and is responsible for the strategic vision and smooth operation of the market-leading NBC television affiliate in Indianapolis. He has held this position since August of 2019. Previously, Brouder was the director of marketing and creative services for WTHR-TV, responsible for all audience development, branding, and consumer marketing strategies for the station.

Born and raised in the Midwest, Brouder is a veteran broadcast professional offering thirty years of proven work in on-air promotion, brand development, and off-channel marketing for television. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated accomplishments in creative production, news and entertainment branding, sports partnership marketing, ad sales partnership marketing, and cable affiliate marketing. Brouder has held creative leadership positions at cable superstation WGN America, FOX Sports South, and several local Tribune Broadcasting stations including WGN Chicago, WBZL-TV Miami, and KWGN-TV Denver.

Brouder serves as an advisor and board member for multiple local organizations including the American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis, Downtown Indianapolis Inc. Marketing Board, Cancer Support Community of Central Indiana, and the Ball State University College of Communication Information and Media Dean’s Advisory Council. Brouder has held current and former roles as an adjunct instructor and lecturer at Ball State University and Butler University.

Brouder holds a master’s degree in telecommunications from Ball State University, and a bachelor’s degree in speech communication/TV/radio from Iowa State University.

Michael Brouder

“The future success of local television and broadcast journalism are tied directly to the preparation and passion of rising Ball State graduates. I am thrilled to be a part of the DEAC committee to share industry insights build deeper partnerships.”